It seems like a contradiction in terms, but sometimes feeling completely frantic and anxious can be a sign of fatigue.
When someone is suffering from adrenal exhaustion, the hormone cortisol is not being produced in optimal amounts. Alongside the common symptoms of adrenal insufficiency, such as low blood pressure (dizziness on standing up quickly), salt cravings, allergies, insomnia, muscle weakness, a foggy brain and of course, relentless fatigue – can come anxiety and a sense of being frantic or frantically busy all of the time.
There are two main reasons for this. One is that cortisol acts on the brain and without enough of it, symptoms of anxiety, dread and overwhelm are common. These are not necessarily psychological issues, but are related to the low cortisol levels effecting neurotransmitters in the brain, leading to anxiety. These issues resolve when cortisol levels are normalised.
The second issue and one that is very common, is that when cortisol levels drop, energy drops as well – and in many cases the body will produce adrenaline as a way of providing the energy to get through the day. When this happens it is not a sustainable, solid energy, but a frantic, anxious and jittery energy produced from adrenaline. Although this can allow the person with adrenal fatigue to function, it is actually worsening the adrenal fatigue situation. What adrenaline can also do is prevent restful sleep – insomnia due to adrenaline production is a symptom of adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue is a multi-faceted issue and can come from long-term stress, emotional trauma, infection, autoimmune disease, chemical toxicity and nutrient deficiencies to name but a few of the many causes. Most people will have one or more issues contributing to the poor adrenal function, and this is where it is not a “one size fits all” treatment program to heal adrenal function, but an unraveling of the underlying factors and a healing program designed for each particular person’s contributing factors. If you suspect you are suffering with adrenal fatigue, saliva hormone testing is the best way to evaluate adrenal function, or coming in for a naturopath appointment is also an option, where I can review your indiviudal circumstances and put together a healing protocol.
The ‘F’ Word Solution is a book that I have written which delves into many areas of fatigue, including a detailed section on adrenal exhaustion. The book is being released in the next couple of months, and you can download the entire first section of the book at the website www.thefwordsolution.com to learn more about the issues of fatigue. I hope you enjoy it!
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This is so me! I was wondering why I was freaking out all the time, I am so busy, but I can’t sleep at night and now that you have named it, I can see that ‘overwhelm’ is a good description for how I feel most days.
It is good to think there might be an answer other than medication for anxiety, I’m going to look into adrenal fatigue some more – where can I get your book?
Thanks Sylvie! Yes this is a common symptom of fatigue, but one that you might not always associate with it. Good idea to look into adrenal issues – my book isn’t out yet – you can download the first section however from the website http://www.thefwordsolution.com
The best way to get started would be to get some saliva hormone tests done for your adrenal function.
I heard that coffee can cause adrenal exhaustion as well. I wonder how much coffee is too much?
Another great & brief article. I wonder how common adrenal fatigue is with those who have cancer and undergone traditional allopathic therapy (e.g., chemo, and the plethora of other drugs). These individuals experience a significant amount of stress and are exposed to many different chemicals. I know quite a few people (including family members) who fit into this category and it is quite likely that they have adrenal fatigue.
Be well & be happy,
Adrenal fatigue is such a complicated condition, and I am glad people like you are able to address it and even write a book about it! Thank you for taking the time to write this post. Do you discuss natural remedies for adrenal fatigue? I write about natural remedies for different health conditions at the website http://www.happypowerherb.com
Excellent piece. And anyone that’s ever suffered from adrenal fatigue—or worse yet, adrenal exhaustion—understands that anxiety becomes commonplace while you endure it.